Film & Water Presents: Turn It Off with Tracy #3

THE FILM & WATER PODCAST PRESENTS: TURN IT OFF WITH TRACY

Episode 3: THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE

Turn on the ectoplasm machine! In the third thrilling episode of the Film and Water sub-series, Rob and Darlin’ Tracy take a look at 1973’s THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE!

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20 responses to “Film & Water Presents: Turn It Off with Tracy #3

  1. Fun episode again!

    Richard Matheson also wrote the story that inspired the Kevin Bacon film STIR OF ECHOES. I don’t think many people remember that movie because it had the bad luck of coming out a month after THE SIXTH SENSE. While everyone was going nuts over Shyamalan’s breakout hit, I always liked STIR better.

      1. Ryan’s right about this. It’s a strong movie that deserved a lot more praise. Everything’s better with Bacon.

  2. Another fine episode and a couple of notes/questions.

    1) Pamela Sue Martin! Now that is a name I have not heard in a while!

    2) “She has sex with the ghost and when done, we see her face covered in ectoplasm.” That is a weird sentence.

    3) I love Matheson’s work. No movie version seems to capture ‘I am Legend’ in all its glory.

    4) A question for Tracy. Now that this is being documented, is she trying to be ‘braver’ and see it through like a challenge? Or is she just as apt to say ‘turn it off’ as before.

    5) I keep wondering what the version of this involving me would be. Like how long could I watch some snoozefest like ‘Howards End’ or ‘A Room with a View’ before I reach for my phone to read my twitter?

    Love this show. How about Flatliners?

    1. 3)I agree. Not sure why IAL has been so hard to capture on film! It’s so great.

      4)I’ll ask her!

      I remember not liking FLATLINERS that much when I saw it, but now that they’re remaking it, maybe I need to give it another chance.

  3. Way to go Tracy! Hell House has that creepy 70s disjointedness about it. I don’t know how to describe it, but it falls into that same hopeless category that most horror and sci-fi of that decade do. There’s a good chance no one gets out alive, unlike most of the genre films of the previous decades.

    I’ve only seen it once, on TCM a few years back, but I remembered it effectively haunting and engaging.

    Clive Revill also voiced Alfred in the first several episodes of BTAS before he had to bow out. Which makes the reveal at the end even more interesting for Batman fans. That’s all I’m going to say!

    You guys got a winner here. Maybe we should do a House of Franklin-Stein/Turn It Off with Tracy double-date, double-feature!

    Chris

  4. Aww. I’m a brother-in-law! Pops Kelly made it official, I guess.

    My guess on D. Tracy’s bail-out minute was based on nothing scientific. I just went with a guess.

  5. Here’s an idea for a truly terrifying double feature:

    Lambada vs. The Forbidden Dance (both 1990). I dare anyone not to turn either off by 1/2 hr but is one really worse than the other??

  6. These episodes are really great! Nice to get this kind of perspective on these horror flicks. Kudos to you both! HOWEVER, one comment that I cannot let sit there is the shrugging off of Somewhere in Time. “Somewhere in Time” is a great film! A must see. One of the first films I ever saw that made me feel “ways about stuff.” A foundational movie to my emotional growth and how I see the world. Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymore? C’mon! Amazing Soundtrack, great time travel tale with little flash but really well done in my honest opinion. I must admit I’ve never read the book but I have always loved this movie. Don’t discount it!

  7. Wonderful show, again. I saw this a couple of times as a kid and liked it, but it suffered in comparison to the super-fun House on Haunted Hill (1959) and the haunting The Haunting (1963)*. Pamela Franklin, of course, was in at least three classics, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (filmed in my town), Grand Guignol Bette Davis starrer The Nanny and, most relevant to this podcast, The Innocents – and this last one is my suggestion for the Tracy treatment this time.

    * Yes, I’m kinda obsessed with it.

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